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HUMP DAY: THE STORY BEHIND COLLEGES AND BINGE DRINKING

In 1990 alcohol abuse was named the biggest threat to college campus’. Binge drinking is a recurring issue and theme amongst college campuses. The goal and strive to get blackout drunk, has become more and more popular over the years. Beth Mcmurtrie is a writer for The New York Times, who wrote the article “Why Colleges Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking”, in 2014. This fascinating article discusses the views behind college boards and presidents across the nation. Drinking on college campus is a known problem that does not seem to be changing as quickly as we hope, and here’s why.

The evidence of binge drinking occurring on college campus’ are obvious with the statistic numbered evidence that has been noted by scholars. The following statistics are gathered and averaged nationwide. 1,800 college students die each year because of alcohol related incidences. 600,000 college students are injured each year because of intoxication. 100,000 college students are sexually assaulted while intoxicated or because their attacker is intoxicated. These facts are beyond alarming, as well as frightening for many reasons; safety being the most important.

College students as well as teachers/advisors have taken many surveys and their is extremely strong evidence directing at the way alcohol effects the academic performance of students. 1 in 4 active drinkers have their academic performance negatively affected. Campuses try to correct this by enrolling students who abuse alcohol in some kind of educational program. Although these mandatory classes are informative, they are often not effective.

The fact of the matter is that many college campuses do not have the legal authority to step in and take further actions then they already are. Campuses would need the compliance of local politicians, bars, clubs, etc. which is sadly, not practical or realistic that every detrimental community member will follow this understanding. Furthermore, sororities and fraternities are designated as the most dangerous organization to join because of alcohol abuse… and many of the houses that these sororities and fraternities live in are owned by them, not the school. Because of this, campus is technically can not interfere because it is private property.

If you are of age to legally consume alcohol, it is extremely important that you are safe and cautious. Do not binge drink. Spread your drinks out and remember to drink water regularly. Make sure you are in a comfortable and safe environment. If you use the restroom, or step away from your seat, make sure your drink is covered. Most importantly, be responsible while consuming alcohol.
Written and Researched by Jenna Uryevick, Peer Educator

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